Potatoes: the plain facts


March 10, 2004|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

Potato growers are out to set the record straight. Fighting the fallout from the Atkins diet and other low-carb regimens, the U.S. Potato Board has launched a multimillion-dollar education campaign to tell consumers about the health benefits of the potato.

Print advertisements and brochures feature a nutritional label plastered over a potato and emphasize that an average-size potato has no fat, no cholesterol, is rich in potassium and vitamin C and has only 100 calories.

For more on potato nutrition and recipes, visit www.healthypotato.com.

Preparing for Passover

With the approach of Passover, observant Jews will clean and organize their kitchens to prepare holiday foods. Culinary Parts, a leading source of equipment parts and accessories, can help.

In kosher kitchens, where it is important to prepare some foods separately, having multiple blades, bowls, beaters, shredders and other kitchen tools makes the task easier. Culinary Parts has accessories for more than 40 appliance brands and will ship orders within 24 hours.

For more information, visit www.culinary parts.com or call 866-727-8435.

Sweet and light

Looking for a way to satisfy the sweet tooth without blowing your diet? Check out Jacques Gourmet Meringue Cookies. The cookies have little or no fat, are kosher and a serving of 13 cookies has just 110 calories.

The cookies are the creation of Jacques Pautrat, a French pastry chef who first began offering the meringues 15 years ago in his bakery in Southern California. The cookies come in four flavors and have a suggested retail price of $2.99 a bag. Look for them at Eddie's, Graul's, Super Fresh, Whole Foods and other stores.

For more information, visit www.jacques gourmet.com or call 800-561-5992.

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* Learn about wine from Alsace, France, 10 a.m. Saturday at Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant, 8293 Main St., Ellicott City. $67.50 a person. Call 410-465-4004.

* Create low-fat dishes 7 p.m. Monday at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $45. Call 410-833-5579.

* Enjoy Irish music and mead Saturday through March 21 at Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Tastings will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Call 800-514-8735 for more information.

* Get a jump on the Passover menu by "Thinking Outside the Brisket," a cooking tutorial and tasting 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 17 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Register from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. $40 for members of Jewish Women International; $50 for nonmembers. For more information, call 800-343-2823.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes.

Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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